Kilauea Volcano is a legend with its continuous eruptions and slow-moving lava flows known to swallow homes, cars and everything else in its path. Its name means “much spreading, spewing” in Hawaiian, an apt descriptor for one of the world’s most active volcanoes, continuously erupting since 1983 and active for at least 100,000 years. On an evening passing of Kilauea, enjoy extraordinary views of red glowing lava and steaming craters. What you will experience depends on recent activity, but regardless, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring power of nature as you cross paths with this notorious shield volcano.
<p>Tourists aren’t the only ones fascinated by Kilauea. Scientists gain the rare opportunity to study volcanic activity up close. In ancient oral traditions or “talk story,” Kilauea is a leading character, subject to the whims of the volcano goddess Pele. Researchers today examine chants and stories as clues to the volcano’s eruption history. As you pass Kilauea during your Hawaii cruise, take note of its gently sloping sides, resulting from the fluid lava that flows from its vents. Kilauea isn’t only a destructive force; it’s a creative one. The Hawaiian Islands wouldn’t look the same without its continuous work.